Alabama Football: The Crimson Report

Michael HicksSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2008

A win is a win that is how the saying goes. Alabama left Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 20-6 win over Tulane Saturday but it did not feel like it.

Only 172 yards on offense and one touchdown by freshman Mark Ingram left fans shaking there heads. The special teams came up big for the Tide a 87-yard punt return by Javier Arenas and a blocked punt by Roy Upchurch picked up by Chris Rogers for a touchdown. Here is a report card for the Tide:

Offense: D-


John Parker finished 11-of-23 for 73 yards and no touchdowns. He never got into a rhythm throwing the ball. The running game never got going either Mark Ingram had 11 carries for 63 yards and one touchdown.


Deffense: B


Rolando McClain led the defense with 15 tackles. Tulane did not score a touchdown and only had 86 yards rushing. The secondary gave up 232 yards in the air though.


Special Teams: A+


Javier Arenas score on a 87-yard punt return was the highlight of the game. He also broke the school recorded for punt return yards by halftime. Chris Rogers got in on the fun also picking up the Roy Upchurch blocked punt for another special teams touchdown.


Overall B-

Tulane came in more physical but Bama found a way to get the win, something they may not have done last year. Special teams was a bright spot and the defense did not give up a touchdown.